November 12, 2009 RSS feed / Top News

KOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

‘Grand Tour’ pieces gain popularity

The wealthy and the almost-wealthy of the late Victorian era chose to take the “Grand Tour” of Europe to show off their sophistication, education and good taste. The tour could take a year or more. More...

Shred day at Charlotte State Bank

Charlotte State Bank is helping area residents protect themselves against identity theft by holding a “Shred-It Day” from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Nov. More...

Empty Bowls dinner Nov. 19

Nov. 19 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. There are three seatings, at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. More...

‘Exploding the Enemies Inside Me’

In an age when anyone with a computer and lots of words can blog their way through hours of cyberspace and reams of paper, along comes Deborah Seter, a resident of Punta Gorda Isles in Charlotte County, to remind us what the Internet and written self More...

Local women take honors in national essay contest

Christine Cristina of Port Charlotte, a devoted daughter who has been caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease for the past four years, is a first place winner in the national “Give a Caregiver a Break” essay contest by Carin More...

Star dancers revealed

The Arts & Humanities Council has announced the six celebrities chosen to perform at “Dancing with the Charlotte Stars 2010.” At a reception held on the rooftop of the Wyvern Hotel, six dancers were introduced by event’s chairman, More...

Worden Farm, Yoga Sanctuary team up with gratitude

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, The Yoga Sanctuary and Worden Farm will conduct and annual “Being Thankful” celebration. This celebration will take place at Worden Farm, Charlotte County’s only organic community farm. More...

C.A.R.E. needs jewelry, antiques for event

C.A.R.E., The Center for Abuse & Rape Emergencies Inc., is a local nonprofit organization for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes in Charlotte County. The agency will conduct its annual fundraising ball on Jan. More...

Foreclosure and bankruptcy workshops offered

The Lee County Bar Association will sponsor another free foreclosure and bankruptcy workshop for the public at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 12600 University Drive (Summerlin and College) in Fort Myers. More...

This week on WGCU TV

. THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 10 P.M. American Experience: The Berlin Airlift A striking look at the first battle of the Cold War in 1948, and the world’s largest humanitarian campaign. . FRIDAY, NOV. 13, 8:30 P.M. More...

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The hassle-free way to own a boat is to share it

The high cost and hassle of boat ownership can be more off-putting when you consider the amount of time people can find to actually use them. More...

Teaching business skills early

Well, well, well. Last month saw the nation’s unemployment rate rise above 10 percent for the first time since 1983. Many reports say this was a much worse jump than anticipated in part because employers continue to trim jobs from payrolls. More...

Sweetbay issues call for soldiers' coffee

In partnership with the Military Heritage Museum in Fishermen’s Village, Sweetbay Supermarket announces a call for coffee for U.S. troops overseas. Sweetbay is working with a nonprofit partner Support the Troops Inc. More...

Governor signs proclamation for Manatee Awareness Month

Gov. Charlie Crist recently issued a proclamation recognizing November as Manatee Awareness Month, a tradition supported by Florida’s governors for many years. Manatees are listed as endangered at the state, federal and international levels. More...

Festival of Lights kicks off Nov. 21

The Festival of Lights at Fishermen’s Village is a celebration of themed decorations throughout the Village with more than one million lights. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. More...

Health fair Nov. 14

AllPro will host its first annual Fall- Palooza and Health Fair at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Punta Gorda harborside shopping plaza. More...

Caputo earns Blue Chip award

Diane Caputo, who saved her restaurant from the brink of failure three times, has won the 15th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award. More...

Woman’s Club tea to raise money for Head Start program

The Punta Gorda Woman’s Club will be conducting a holiday tea as a fundraiser for Charlotte County’s Head Start program at the Baker Center. The tea will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at the Punta Gorda Woman’s More...

SWFL author tells story of historic ‘Ship of Fools’

In his new book, “Ship of Fools,” Dr. Albert J. Prendergast, Ph.D., tells the incredible true story of the 3,000-mile voyage of a United States luxury cruise liner to a tiny U.S. territory and back. More...

Give a tree; help the earth

The Arbor Day foundation has developed unique gifts for the holidays and other occasions that help the earth. More...

Military veterans to be celebrated

Charlotte State Bank’s Charlotte Harbor office, the Military Heritage Museum and Visani Restaurant are celebrating those who served our country in times of war and peace. The event runs through Saturday, Nov. 14. More...

Commissioners seek volunteers

The Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board needs one Charlotte County resident to serve as a representative of the local medical community which may include, but not be limited to kidney dial More...

Real Estate News

Home staging still valuable for sellers

Like the real estate market, home staging has taken a hit in recent years. Too bad, according to some Realtors and design experts. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

Art & History

HIstory Park Art Gallery offers a nice blend of the two — and eagles to boot

Driving along Shreve Street in Punta Gorda, it’s hard to miss History Park, as it’s known, a plot of land with two remarkably tiny homes situated upon it. In 1884, Col. More...

Perfect Paris Night planned

The Visual Arts Center continues its celebration of Toulouse-Lautrec Saturday, Nov. 21 with “A Perfect Paris Night.” As guests approach the Visual Arts Center for an evening to remember, they will be greeted by George Mancini Sr. More...

BEACH READING

‘The Goliath Bone’

By Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Mariner Books, $13.95) The problem with being a dead author is that your fan base often doesn’t get the message when you release a new book, mainly because your fans thought you were dead. More...